How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

by DFS-Pet-Blog on May 16, 2012

Home dental care can help prevent dental disease, which is so common in dogs. Always aim for daily dental care. The more you brush the better. Slowly introduce your dog to brushing over several days or a week. Use toothpaste and a toothbrush designed for pets (see dog dental supplies). Keep the sessions upbeat and give lots of praise.

Steps for Brushing a Dog’s Teeth


  1. Dip your finger in beef bouillon or broth. Let your dog lick your finger and then rub your soaked finger gently over your dog’s gums and teeth. After a few sessions, your puppy should look forward to this.
  2. For the next sessions, gently rub the teeth in a circular motion with gauze dipped in broth.
  3. When your pet is comfortable with the gauze, start with a toothbrush, dental sponge, or pad. Let your dog lick something tasty off of it so she gets used to the texture.
  4. Now get your dog used to the toothpaste. Let your dog lick some off your finger and brush. Then apply it to your pet’s gumline with your finger.
  5. Now you are ready to start brushing. At first, you may just want to brush one or both upper canine teeth (the large ones in the front of the mouth), which are the easiest to reach. Over a few sessions slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing.

Watch this helpful “How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth” video demonstration:

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Brenda Brunelle June 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Can you give me any imput on a product called Leba? It’s is supposted to eliminate plaque, from what I understand it’s a liqud and you simply put it on the dog’s teeth. Do you carry this product?


Claire H. June 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

I took a look, and it seems we don’t carry the Leba III Dental Spray at this time. That’s not to say that in the future we will or won’t, but I personally haven’t ever heard of the product before today. You could take a look at our Dental Cleanser Spray that is a newer addition to our line of products. Here’s a link:

Holly Nash, DVM June 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

HI Brenda: I have not seen any reports from board -certified veterinary dentists who recommend this product. Even if this product would remove some of the tartar on the surface of the teeth, it will do nothing to what is below the gumline, and that’s often where the problem resides. At this point in time, I could not recommend it.

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